Youngstown street where 2 shot is normally quiet, neighbor says

Police in Youngstown are looking into whether this shooting is connected to one on Potomac Avenue that happened earlier Friday

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Two people are in stable condition after being shot inside a home at 1142 Detroit Avenue Friday evening — within minutes of a shooting at another house nearby.

Earlier on Friday, police said someone shot at a home on Potomac Avenue as well.

“We’re going over to Potomac Avenue … We’re going to see if it was related or not,” said Youngstown Police Lt. Doug Bobovnyik.

People who live along Detroit Avenue said the neighborhood is usually quiet.

“Shocking. Very shocking. You normally don’t have stuff like that happen around here. Good neighbors,” Frank Pondillo said.

For neighbors, a run-of-the-mill Friday evening turned into a chaotic crime scene.

Pondillo said he heard eight or nine pops around 5 p.m.

“I was in the living room and all of a sudden, I heard a loud noise — which sounded like gunfire — and I came outside. I looked down the street, I didn’t see nobody there.”

He didn’t see anything at that moment, but Youngstown police swarmed the house shortly after. Pondillo counted eight or nine police cruisers and a handful of ambulances.

The two victims were taken to the hospital in stable condition with non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

Pondillo said the people just moved into the house about a month ago.

The house was taped off and transformed into a crime scene. Police found slugs inside the home, along with bullet holes in a door.

Investigators said the work to figure out what brought violence to this peaceful neighborhood is just beginning.

“Afterwards, we spoke to a few people on the street. We have some leads to follow up and that’s where we are at,” Bobovnyik said.

Right now, police have no motive or suspects. They had planned to interview the victims at the hospital Friday night.

This story corrects the address where the shooting happened.


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